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Wednesday, November 05, 2003


Bill Rogers

This may be a side issue (as above): we want to TRANSFORM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. We want to have Howard Dean be the nominee of the party, and WE WANT TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY. If we don't completely do these, then we CAN RECRUIT MILLIONS OF OUR STUDENTS AND YOUTH TO THE PROGRAM WE HAVE.

This is a by-product of all this work: WHY NOT RECRUIT 8 Million youth to register and vote for Howard DEAN??

Iowans betrayed us. When the KARL ROVE heat came on, and the ROVE ASSAULT was launched against alleged "ANGER," ---- they folded.






What is the best we can hope for?:
2. That everyone understands what the problems are, AND

-- If some other Democrat becomes the nominee of the Party, then HE IS OBLIGATED TO CHANGE THOSE FOUR THINGS..

I am suggesting some possibilities:

1. Globalization -- a major effort to bring all the world together in trade and compassion for every producing country.
3. Budgets -- Taxes: that we solve the financing problems of our government, and

If all the folk agree to that, then LET'S GO!!!!

Best regards,

Bill Rogers

Bill Rogers

You have GREAT website! I love the Bay Area (San Bruno 6 yrs, Berkeley 6 years!! -- love it!!)

We have a real winner in Howard Dean. He is marvelous!! [And God bless your work in California!!]

I think our program can consider a change in emphasis. The following letter has been sent to Burlington, VT, I believe!! {Commuications, so GREAT, are a little uncertain to me!}

Howard Dean is DOING GREAT WORK. He might be our NEXT PRESIDENT!!


Let me say that I think that Howard Dean has given us an absolutely MAGNIFICENT Model of analysis of what George Bush is doing -- that he should not be doing.

And understands our basic situation in the United States with the Incumbency of George Bush as President -- in a White House dominated by seriously, even fatally flawed people and policies:

1. The neo-cons have it totally wrong about world domination; and the Dick Cheney - Karl Rove team does it exactly wrong in their massive POLITICIZATION of the Government. They abuse all the purposes of government in their incredible subservience to the RICH AND POWERFUL, and all THEIR AGENDA FOR PERSONAL AND CORPORATE AGGRANDIZEMENT.

This is massive selfishness and abuse of power by the RICH, and by the unacceptable lusts of the great CORPORATIONS.

2. They have this desire for AMERICAN HEGEMONY IN THE WORLD, and are willing to promote incredible costs on Americans and other nations -- for the aggressive purposes they love.


They are wrong, and corrupt, and even seriously destructive of human lives, relationships, and national purposes.


But for political purposes; that is for becoming elected, JOHN EDWARDS has given us the PERFECT MODEL OF CAMPAIGNING, AND OF being successful in a single aspect of his campaign: WINNING SOUTH CAROLINA.

Essentially what Edwards did to win S. Carolina early this week was this:
3. He aimed at curing or healing their pain and needs for THEIR OWN LIVES.
5. They believed him, and supported him, AND HE WON THE STATE NOMINATION TO BE PRESIDENT!!!


I think this is a PERFECT MODEL OF CAMPAIGNING. [In other words -- it all centers in the VOTER. Everything that is done, in some way, should be to meet the voters' needs and concerns. Other things are important, BUT NOT VITAL IN WINNING VOTER SUPPORT!!]

1. Howard Dean is a better speaker.
3. His analysis of our situation, and of George Bush is IMPECCABLE.

4. AND HE DIDN'T DO WHAT EDWARDS DID: 1. Understand their greatest concerns. 2. Show that he not only understood their PAIN, but that he knew HOW TO FIX IT, and 3. They believed him, AND VOTED HIM THE WINNER IN SOUTH CAROLINA.


My point is simple. THE NEEDS AND CONCERNS OF THE VOTER ARE PRIMARY -- even completely and Totally IMPORTANT.



Everyone KNOWS HOW TO WIN ELECTIONS. But this is how I believe you win them:

IT ALL TAKES PLACE IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE VOTERS. If you understand where they are, AND MEET THEIR CONCERNS -- you win. John Edwards did. And he won!


Bill Rogers


Howard is the strongest candidate. He knows the most about our situation. He presents himself well, and powerfully. HE ONLY LACKS ONE THING: Does he know where the voters are in any given State; and, can he meet their needs and requirements to be THEIR PRESIDENT?


As Follows:


Bill Rogers

I think Howard Dean has a VERY strong feeling about how this battle is going. It is clear, and sure.

He has seen the tremendous responses of many people -- especially the youth.

I feel that people settle on someone THEY ARE COMFORTABLE WITH -- to be their President. Since Dr. Dean goes to the ROOT of things, and works his way into the truth -- he tends to be more radical than many voters -- especially in the Plains, Mountain, and Southern states. They are not really comfortable with him, no matter how clearly and precisely he understands what is true.

I think that he is WAY AHEAD OF MOST PEOPLE. The most liberal Democrats tend to COMPLETELY AGREE WITH HIM. Others are not ready to GIVE UP THE OLD WAYS OF LIVING, WORKING, AND GOVERNING.

Dr. Dean indicates that MANY OF OUR CONGRESSMEN ARE PRIMARILY INTERESTED IN INCUMBENCY -- they want to reelected -- including some Democrats!!

I suspect many of our youth are ready to move ahead into better USA, and a stronger Congress, and to get rid of the overweaning power of the RICH.

We learn thru some pretty rough experiences -- and some beautiful and powerful associations with some wonderful people.

Dr. Dean is going to fight till it is over, I am sure. Without Wisconsin, he says, it is over.

But this is a great battle. God's battle goes to the loyal, the true, the loving, the caring, the giving. He is not defeated, nor cast aside This HAS BEEN A GREAT BATTLE. IT IS NOT YET OVER. Have we not looked into TRUTH, and maybe, even, INTO THE FACE OF GOD?

My best to all of you, God bless,

Bill Rogers

[I am appending some books you might be interested in!!]


1.  Suskind, Ron
  The Price of Loyalty
  New York, NY, U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition. 8vo - over 73⁄4" - 93⁄4" tall. As new in dustjacket. ISBN:0743255453 Bookseller Inventory #137053
  Price: US$ 18.50
  HARDCOVER VIKING PRESS 2003. FL BEST *and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush. A devastating book in which the onetime Republican strategist reveals how four generations of Bushes have ascended the ladder of national power since WWI, becoming entrenched within an A merican establishment - Yale, Wall Street, the Senate, the CIA, the vice presidency & presidency - via a recurrent flair for old-boy networking, national (in)security invovlement and political deception. Phillips concludes that the Bush family has "systematically used its financial and social empire - `its aristocracy' - to gain the White House, thereby subverting the very core of American democracy." 397p. AMERICANA. ISBN:0670032646 Bookseller Inventory #0670032646
  Price: US$ 19.46 (Convert Currency)
  Bookseller: Strand Book Store, ABAA, New York, NY,
1.  Frum, David; Perle, Richard
  An End to Evil : How to Win the War on Terror
  New York, NY, U.S.A.: Random House, Incorporated, 2003. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). 285 pages. ISBN:1400061946 Bookseller Inventory #TH15539
  Price: US$ 20.00
1.  Corn, David
  The Lies of George W. Bush : Mastering the Politics of Deception
  New York, NY, U.S.A.: Crown Publishing Group, 2003. LIKE NEW MORE ON STOCK. ISBN:1400050669 Bookseller Inventory #A327-015
  Price: US$ 12.00
  HARDCOVER HENRY HOLT 2003. FL BEST *For Global Dominance. With relentless logic, Chomsky's counter-narrative analyzes and critiques the United States' pursuit of "a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe." In dissecting this aggressive quest for a full spectrum dominance," the MIT professor of linguistics and philosophy investigates how we've come to this precipitious moment, what kind of peril it engenders, and why, in particular, the present Bush administration is so driven to jeopardize the future. Boiled down, Chomsky argues (avoiding fear-mongering via an irrefutable analysis) that, in our era, empire is a blueprint for catastrophe tracking relentlessly toward all-encompassing oblivion. 278p. POLITICAL SCIENCE. ISBN:0805074007 Bookseller Inventory #0805074007
  Price: US$ 16.50 (Convert Currency)
  Bookseller: Strand Book Store, ABAA, New York, NY
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
by Al Franken
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Hardcover: 368 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.30 x 9.30 x 6.36
* Publisher: E P Dutton; (August 29, 2003)
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* ISBN: 0525947647
Had Enough? : A Handbook for Fighting Back
by James Carville (Author)

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Edition: Hardcover
Hardcover: 320 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.08 x 7.80 x 5.82
* Publisher: Simon & Schuster; (November 1, 2003)
* ISBN: 0743255755

 The Trouble with Islam : A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith
by Irshad Manji (Author)

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Hardcover: 240 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.83 x 8.52 x 5.82
* Publisher: St. Martin's Press; (January 16, 2004)
* ISBN: 0312326998
1. Howard Dean: A Citizen's Guide to the Man Who Would Be President
Darren Allen (Contributor), Hamilton Davis (Contributor), Sally Johnson (Contributor)
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(Paperback - November 2003)
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Paperback: 230 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.70 x 8.52 x 5.54
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* ISBN: 1586420755
2. Winning Back America
by Howard Dean (Author) (Paperback )
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3. Howard Dean In His Own Words
by Lisa Rogak (Author) (Paperback )

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* Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; (November 22, 2003)
* ISBN: 0312330731
4. Howard Dean: The Dean Deck Playing Cards
by Parody Productions (Paperback - October 2003)
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Customers who bought this book also bought:

* Bushwhacked : Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins (Author), Lou Dubose (Author) (Hardcover)
* Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth by Joe Conason (Author) (Hardcover)
* The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century by Paul Krugman (Hardcover)

we are moving our world INTO the future, God bless, Bill

Bill Rogers

There are four great statements about BOOKs in our time. The publishers have given us MAGNIFICENT BOOKS!! The reviewers have told the story!

Howard Dean has been the heart of it all: TRYING TO BE PRESIDENT, and STANDING FOR THE BEST THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS TO OFFER, God bless!

I will try and be as brief as I can:

1. Greatest review is by MICHIKO KAKUTANI in "The New York Times," 1-13-04. It is about the book: "An End to Evil" by Frum & Perle. SHE BANGS THEM AS THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN BANGED BEFORE. The citation is" < < http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/13/books/13KAKU.html?ei=5070&en=15a17f4e2284ae6f&ex=1076302800&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1076155924-EdXTcFDpd1k3hBxRPfMQkg >.

2. Second greatest is by Jonathan Yardley in the "Washington Post," 1-11-04. It is about :American Dynasty" by Kevin Phillips; MARVELOUS!! the citation is:

3. The third is a great review by Andre's Martinez in "The New York Times," 1-14-04, of the book: "The Price of Loyalty," by Ron Suskind. This is the book which uses massive materials from Secretary of Treasury Paul O'Neill as resources. The Secretary gives us our first powerful look into the White House!!
The citation is: <
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/14/opinion/14WED4.html?ex=1076130000&en=a0ca5b7d59acc2d8&ei=5070 >


George Bush is BEING BEATEN ABOUT THE HEAD AND NECK by the book publishing press. The White House denies everything, and asserts everything about themselves. All this must SURELY HURT -- and they may wonder if each of these POWERFUL STEPS, AND ATTACKS don't have some kind of destructive effect on their control of the WORLD!!!

The newspapers & magazines have given us MASSIVELY POWERFUL REVIEWS. Jann Wenner interviewed Howard Dean for "Rolling Stone" for the February 12, 2004 edition. It is called, "The Doctor Is In." GREAT! Citation:
< http://www.rollingstone.com/features/nationalaffairs/featuregen.asp?pid=2760 >.


I want to leave you with one great article:

comment | Posted January 15, 2004

[Ref. to issue of 2-2-04.]
The Kitchen-Table State of the Union
by Robert L. Borosage


W ith the stock market surging and the economy growing, George W. Bush has begun touting the success of his tax cuts. In his State of the Union address on January 20, Bush will no doubt argue that we're on the right track and need to stay the course. But for most Americans the rosy statistics don't reflect their reality. When they talk at night after the kids have gone to bed, they worry that things are getting worse, not better. And in case after case, the President's policies are part of the problem, not part of the solution. Consider the State of the Union as it looks not from the White House or Wall Street but from America's kitchen tables.

Jobs. Jobs are scarce and increasingly insecure. The new jobs that laid-off workers are getting generally don't have the pay or benefits of the ones they lost. Despite the much-advertised economic recovery, Bush will have the worst jobs record of any President since the Great Depression. In addition to the hemorrhaging of manufacturing jobs, high-tech and service jobs are headed overseas too. Bush has not only pushed for more of the same trade accords that helped get us into this hole, but he has failed to address China's mercantilist trade and currency policies, which have led to a staggering $100 billion US trade deficit. Much of the corporate investment that came from the wealthy benefiting from Bush's tax cuts went abroad, not here. Bush's policies are generating more jobs in Shanghai than in Saginaw.

Wages. Wage growth is the slowest in forty years. Homelessness is up, and more working people are in poverty. But the Bush Administration not only effectively opposes any increase in the minimum wage, it pushed regulations that will strip millions of workers of overtime pay, despite the opposition of many Democrats and some Republicans in Congress.

Healthcare. Healthcare costs are soaring, with businesses forcing workers to pick up more of the tab or dropping coverage altogether. Americans now pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world. Yet Bush not only did nothing to bring the costs of HMOs and insurance companies under control, he pushed through a prescription drug bill that prohibits Medicare from negotiating a better price for seniors. To add insult to injury, the bill outlaws buying cheaper drugs from Canada. Bush turned a $400 billion benefit for the elderly into a $400 billion subsidy to the drug companies.

Schools. The largest number of children ever entered our public schools this past fall. But schools across the country are being forced to cut back, laying off teachers, doubling up classes, putting off needed construction. Bush not only broke his promise on funding his school reforms, but, with the states facing the worst fiscal crisis in fifty years, he also opposed state aid that would protect schools from debilitating cuts. Then he zeroed out funding for school construction in the federal budget.

College Costs. Tuition at four-year public colleges is going up nearly 15 percent a year. Federal grants for deserving students haven't kept up. The maximum Pell grant now covers 39 percent of public college tuition, down from 84 percent in 1975-76. Students graduate with 35 percent more debt than a decade ago. More and more are priced out of four-year colleges altogether. Bush broke his campaign promise to raise the maximum grant; under his new budget, grant levels will fall even further behind costs.

Retirement Security. Many older workers saw their retirement dreams shattered when the stock market collapsed. Only one in five employees in the private sector has a defined-benefit pension at work. And the Enron scandal showed how corporate executives were abusing worker savings accounts. But Bush now wants to privatize Social Security, which would almost certainly lead to cuts in benefits. And his post-Enron pension "reform" legislation would make it legal for corporations to provide pensions for the few on the top floor and reduce the number covered on the shop floor.

Safe Food. Parents sensibly worry about what their children are eating, as more of our food is imported and less of it is inspected. Food-borne diseases have caused some 228 million illnesses and more than 15,000 deaths since Bush took office. And now there's a mad cow threat. Yet Bush and the Republican Congress blocked legislation to impose stronger penalties for food-safety violations and opposed measures that would have made it easier to trace the source of contaminated meat.

Safe Workplaces. More than 4.7 million workers were injured or became ill on the job in 2002. Violations of workplace safety laws have grown as companies seek to cut costs. Federal inspectors are unable to keep up. But Bush has tried every year to cut the Occupational Safety and Health Administration budget, which currently allows for inspections of only 5 percent of workplaces.

Personal Debt. Personal debt is at record heights, as are personal bankruptcies. Credit card companies continue to impose obscene interest and penalty charges, yet Bush and the GOP leadership in Congress blocked efforts to provide consumers with clear warning about credit card charges and pushed to make it easier to collect against families forced into bankruptcy.

National Security. Since 9/11, Americans can't help worrying about terrorist threats. Even here Bush has fallen short. The EPA reports that there are 123 plants where release of chemicals would threaten more than 1 million people. Yet after the oil and chemical lobby mobilized against it, Bush opposed legislation to create minimum standards for security and hazard reduction in such plants.
The list could go on, but the point is clear. Bush's boasting about his economic program may simply indicate that he is out of touch with the reality that most Americans face. But the reason his policies are making things worse is that they are designed to serve the wealthy and the corporate lobbies that pay for his party. And that means rewarding the few and leaving the many to pay the price.
This is beginning to sink in. With the capture of Saddam Hussein and the revival of economic growth, Bush's job-approval ratings have bounced back. But what pollsters call his "re-elect numbers"--the number of Americans who say they would vote to re-elect him--remain low. Americans are notoriously inattentive to national politics and sensibly cynical about politicians. But they know that although champagne corks may be popping in the boardrooms, there is little to celebrate around the kitchen table.
The Nation
  about Robert L. Borosage

Bill Rogers

This is a LOOOONG one -- but importabnt.

I think we have reached critical mass:

There are so many books, and so much literature out there which takes George Bush and his ADMINISTRATION to task -- that I think they & their Republican friends, may possibly SINK IN THE MIRE FOR 20 years -- and take their PARTY WITH THEM.

The latest thoughts along this direction are by George Soros, and Chalmers Johnson. These statements, and the many books that have been written, BASICALLY INDICT THE WHOLE ADMINISTRATION OF GEORGE BUSH.

They will not disappear after November, 2004, and the election. THEY ESTABLISH THE BASIC PATTERN: That the major industries and corporations of the USA have joined together as a POWERFUL & MASSIVE political pressure-group -- to dominate the American Government, and to seek to COLONIZE THE WORLD.


The underlying question is; CAN WE, AS AMERICANS, PERMIT OUR GOVERNMENT TO BE TAKEN OVER BY FANATICS BENT ON WORLD DOMINATION -- at the expense of all of us within the country, and even, the future of the WORLD ITSELF??


I hope to show some of the major thoughts of Mr. Johnson, below, and to also include some of Mr. Soros' thinking. Other resources -- which are now entering the permanent library of AMERICAN THOUGHT AND UNDERSTANDING -- exist, of course, and can be found in many places -- like on Amazon.com. Search for something like "Bush criticisms," or something.


I also think Karl Rove has made a serious mistake, which will reveal itself in a few months!

His biggest mistake is to believe his methods and purposes are legitimate to bring his GIANT CORPORATIONS INTO WORLD DOMINANCE!!


Bill Rogers. (I may send this letter out to other, possibly interested, parties!! )


The Sorrows of Empire : Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic [The American Empire Project ]
by Chalmers Johnson (Author) (Hardcover )
Hardcover: 400 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.30 x 9.48 x 6.46
* Publisher: Metropolitan Books; (January 13, 2004)
* ISBN: 0805070044
(Informatio from Amazon.com.)
From "Amazon:
The Department of Defense currently lists 725 official U.S. military bases outside of the country and 969 within the 50 states (not to mention numerous secret bases). According to the author, these bases are proof that the "United States prefers to deal with other nations through the use or threat of force rather than negotiations, commerce, or cultural interaction." This rise of American militarism, along with the corresponding layers of bureaucracy and secrecy that are created to circumvent scrutiny, signals a shift in power from the populace to the Pentagon: "A revolution would be required to bring the Pentagon back under democratic control," he writes.
In Sorrows of Empire, Johnson discusses the roots of American militarism, the rise and extent of the military-industrial complex, and the close ties between arms industry executives and high-level politicians. He also looks closely at how the military has extended the boundaries of what constitutes national security in order to centralize intelligence agencies under their control and how statesmen have been replaced by career soldiers on the front lines of foreign policy--a shift that naturally increases the frequency with which we go to war.
Though his conclusions are sure to be controversial, Johnson is a skilled and experienced historian who backs up his claims with copious research and persuasive arguments. His important book adds much to a debate about the realities and direction of U.S. influence in the world. --Shawn Carkonen
Besides the fact that there are some 725 bases overseas, it surprises me to learn that the U.S. is either based or training foreign troops in 133 of the 189 U.N. member countries!
The section towards the end on economics was rather short and seemed a bit meaningless. It's towards the end that you also learn the U.S. is building a new base on the island nation of Sao Tome, off the west coast of Africa. This country just experienced a military coup last summer following the discovery of oil reserves underground.
Johnson's tracing of the construction of military bases in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Balkans atop or near oil reserves or pipelines was particularly interesting. He could have added that the Subic Bay and Clark bases in the Philippines also helped the U.S. oversee the huge petroleum reserves in the South China Sea that contain the tiny Spratley Islands. This is why China and the Philippines have silly spats over them and also partly why the U.S. is so eager to reintervene in the Philippines.

Damien M. Cregeaou of New Milford.
It may be best to begin the review where the author ends, by agreeing with the case he makes for the potential collapse of America if the people fail to take back the power and restore integrity and participatory democracy to the Congress. Absent a radical reverse, four really bad things will happen to America: 1) it will be in a state of perpetual war, inspiring more terrorism than it can defeat in passing; 2) there will be a loss of democracy and constitutional rights; 3) truthfulness in public discourse will be replaced by propaganda and disinformation; and 4) we will be bankrupt.
I believe, in bringing together in one book the combined costs and threats to the American Republic of a military that on the one hand is creating a global empire that is very costly to the US taxpayer and very threatening to everyone else; and on the other hand, is creating anti-democratic conditions within the United States, to include frequent and expensive preparations for dealing with "civilian disorder conditions" here at home.
The author also excels in discussing both the collapse of US diplomacy (today the Pentagon manages 93% of the international relations budget, the Department of State just 7%), and the rise of private military companies that he carefully lists on page 140--Halliburton, Kellogg Brown and Root, Vinnell, Military Professional Resources, DynCorp, Science Applications Corporation, BDM (now TRW), Armor Holdings, Cubic, DFI, International Charter. There are more--they are all "out of control" in terms of not being subject to Congressional oversight, military justice and discipline, or taxpayer loyalty.
In the middle of the book the author examines the change in the roles of the military from its World War II and post-Cold War missions to five new missions that have not been cleared with the American people: 1) imperial policing; 2) global eavesdropping; 3) control of petroleum fields and channels; 4) enrichment of the military-industrial complex; and 5) comfortable maintenance of the legionnaires in subsidized compounds around the world, such that numbers could be justified that could never be maintained in garrison within the USA.
On page 164 the author notes most interestingly that China is among the greatest purchasers of fiber-optic cable in the world (thus negating much of NSA's 1970's capabilities), and on page 165 he discusses, with appropriate footnotes, how the US, UK, Canada, and Australia are circumventing the prohibitions against monitoring their own people by trading off--the Canadians monitoring British politicians for the British, the British monitoring US politicians, etcetera.
Among the strongest sections of the book is the detailed discussion of America's love affair with ruthless dictators (and Muslim dictators at that) in Central Asia, all in pursuit of cheap oil our privilege elite think they can control. Of special interest to me is the author's delicate dissection of the vulnerability of any Central Asian energy strategy, and his enumeration of all the vulnerabilities that our elite are glossing over or ignoring.
Summing it all up, the author attributes US militarism and the Bush fils "doctrine" to "oil, Israel, and domestic politics", and he bluntly condemns it all as "irrational in terms of any cost-benefit analysis." Quoting Stanley Hoffmann, an acclaimed international relations theorist, he condemns Bush's "strategy" (as do I) as "breathtakingly unrealistic", as "morally reckless", and as "eerily reminiscent of the disastrously wishful thinking of the Vietnam War."

[ "Sobering, Makes an Important Case, Rough Around the Edges, January 24, 2004
Reviewer: Robert D. Steele from Oakton, VA United States ."
More comprehensive and engaging than Blowback., January 21, 2004
Reviewer: 233rdc from the mid-west deep freeze:

In actuality, the "War on Terror" is actually a "War for Oil", a point many people have made, but one that Johnson clarifies and places in a wider context. He shows how the Taliban were installed by us in 1996 (!) in order for Unocal to negotiate a pipeline deal and how the Bush Administration decided before 9/11 to remove them when they proved unreliable. Seen in the context of a large war to control the last remaining untapped oil reserves, the "War on Terror" takes on a darker and more frightening prospect: long-term US garrisoning throughout East Asia to ensure that Americans can drive their SUVs for perhaps another twenty years. ]

The Atlantic Monthly | December 2003
The Bubble of American Supremacy

A prominent financier argues that the heedless assertion of American power in the world resembles a financial bubble—and the moment of truth may be here
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by George Soros :

Even so, September 11 could not have changed the course of history to the extent that it has if President Bush had not responded to it the way he did. He declared war on terrorism, and under that guise implemented a radical foreign-policy agenda whose underlying principles predated the tragedy. Those principles can be summed up as follows: International relations are relations of power, not law; power prevails and law legitimizes what prevails. The United States is unquestionably the dominant power in the post-Cold War world; it is therefore in a position to impose its views, interests, and values. The world would benefit from adopting those values, because the American model has demonstrated its superiority. The Clinton and first Bush Administrations failed to use the full potential of American power. This must be corrected; the United States must find a way to assert its supremacy in the world.
This foreign policy is part of a comprehensive ideology customarily referred to as neoconservatism, though I prefer to describe it as a crude form of social Darwinism. I call it crude because it ignores the role of cooperation in the survival of the fittest, and puts all the emphasis on competition. In economic matters the competition is between firms; in international relations it is between states. In economic matters social Darwinism takes the form of market fundamentalism; in international relations it is now leading to the pursuit of American supremacy.
"The supremacist ideology of the Bush Administration stands in opposition to the principles of an open society, which recognize that people have different views and that nobody is in possession of the ultimate truth. The supremacist ideology postulates that just because we are stronger than others, we know better and have right on our side. The very first sentence of the September 2002 National Security Strategy (the President's annual laying out to Congress of the country's security objectives) reads, "The great struggles of the twentieth century between liberty and totalitarianism ended with a decisive victory for the forces of freedom—and a single sustainable model for national success: freedom, democracy, and free enterprise."
To be sure, the Bush doctrine is not stated so starkly; it is shrouded in doublespeak. The doublespeak is needed because of the contradiction between the Bush Administration's concept of freedom and democracy and the actual principles and requirements of freedom and democracy. Talk of spreading democracy looms large in the National Security Strategy. But when President Bush says, as he does frequently, that freedom will prevail, he means that America will prevail. In a free and open society, people are supposed to decide for themselves what they mean by freedom and democracy, and not simply follow America's lead. The contradiction is especially apparent in the case of Iraq, and the occupation of Iraq has brought the issue home. We came as liberators, bringing freedom and democracy, but that is not how we are perceived by a large part of the population.
Whatever the justification for removing Saddam Hussein, there can be no doubt that we invaded Iraq on false pretenses. Wittingly or unwittingly, President Bush deceived the American public and Congress and rode roughshod over the opinions of our allies. The gap between the Administration's expectations and the actual state of affairs could not be wider. It is difficult to think of a recent military operation that has gone so wrong. Our soldiers have been forced to do police duty in combat gear, and they continue to be killed. We have put at risk not only our soldiers' lives but the combat effectiveness of our armed forces. Their morale is impaired, and we are no longer in a position to properly project our power.
I propose replacing the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive military action with preventive action of a constructive and affirmative nature. Increased foreign aid or better and fairer trade rules, for example, would not violate the sovereignty of the recipients. Military action should remain a last resort. The United States is currently preoccupied with issues of security, and rightly so. But the framework within which to think about security is collective security. Neither nuclear proliferation nor international terrorism can be successfully addressed without international cooperation. The world is looking to us for leadership. We have provided it in the past; the main reason why anti-American feelings are so strong in the world today is that we are not providing it in the present.
George Soros is the chairman of Soros Fund Management and the founder of a network of philanthropic organizations active in more than fifty countries. This essay is drawn from his book of the same name, to be published in January by PublicAffairs.
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The Atlantic Monthly; December 2003; The Bubble of American Supremacy; Volume 292, No. 5; 63-66.


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